It’s TIME to Dine! Food & Wine ’16! The Menus Have ARRIVED!

They’re here, my friends!  It’s time to eat!  Well, it’s almost time.  Without further delay, what’s on Epcot’s menu in 2016?  Take a look!  What looks irresistible to you?

Africa:

  • Buttered Chicken with Micro Cilantro and Naan Bread
  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato and Pap

Australia:

  • Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
  • Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut
  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas

Belgium:

  • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream

Brazil:

  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian cheese bread
  • Crispy pork belly with black beans and tomato
  • Escondidinho de Carne: Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca

Canada:

  • Canadian cheddar cheese soup served with a pretzel roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce

The CHEW Collective:

  • Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots and Feta Cheese
  • Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle

China:

  • Chicken Pot Stickers
  • Sichuan Spicy Chicken
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles
  • Beijing Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun with Hoisin Sauce

Chocolate Studio:

  • Red Wine Chocolate Truffle
  • Ghirardelli® Chocolate Raspberry Torte
  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

Craft Beers:

  • Pimento Cheese Dip with Pretzel Crisps
  • Charcuterie Plate: Country Pâté, Cured Meats and Crostini
  • Piggy Wings: Fried Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds

Farm Fresh:

  • Chicken and Dumplings: Stewed Chicken with Mushrooms and Spinach
  • Pickled Beet Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts
  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions

France:

  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Soupe à l’oignon au Gruyère et Cognac: Gruyère and Cognac Onion Soup
  • Boeuf Bourguignon: Cabernet Sauvignon-braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée Caramel Chocolat: Caramel and Chocolate Crème Brûlée topped with Caramelized Sugar

Germany:

  • Roast Bratwurst in a Hard Roll
  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce

Greece:

  • Spanakopita
  • Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles and Vegan Tzatziki
  • Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce featuring Oikos® Greek Yogurt
  • Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake Soaked in Ouzo with Yogurt Whipped Cream and Pistachios

Hawai’i:

  • Spicy Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Nori Rice
  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

Hops & Barley:

  • New England Lobster Roll
  • Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing

Ireland:

  • Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
  • Irish Cheese Selection Plate: Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Irish Porter
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

Islands of the Caribbean:

  • Jamaican Beef Patty
  • Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice and Pickled Red Onions
  • Pescado con Coco: Seared Grouper, Pigeon Peas and Rice with Coconut Sauce
  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce

Italy:

  • Pennete alla Parmigiana: Baked Ziti and Chicken Parmigiana, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese
  • Spezzatino alla Toscana con Polenta: Tuscan-style Stew with Carrots, Mushrooms and Crispy Polenta
  • Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate-covered Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit

Japan:

  • Spicy Sushi Roll: Tuna and Salmon with Kazan Volcano Sauce
  • Grilled Spicy Edamame tossed with Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce and Chili Powder
  • Garlic Shrimp: Marinated Shrimp sautéed with Garlic and Butter and served over Rice

Mexico:

  • Taco de Camarón: Battered Shrimp served over a Flour Tortilla with Crispy Purple Cabbage and Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Barbacoa Enchilada: Corn Tortilla filled with Beef Barbacoa and covered with Oaxaca Mole
  • Flan de Chocolate Abuelita: Mexican Chocolate Custard

Morocco:

  • Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket
  • Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

New Zealand:

  • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
  • Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Dumpling

Patagonia:

  • Beef Empanada
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée
  • Roasted Verlasso® Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri

Poland:

  • Golabki: Pork-stuffed Cabbage in Tomato Sauce
  • Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream

Scotland:

  • Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps and Tatties
  • Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream
  • The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats

South Korea:

  • Roasted Pork Lettuce Wrap and Kimchi
  • Korean-style BBQ Beef with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi
  • Vegan Korean BBQ with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi featuring Gardein™ Beefless Tips

Wine & Dine Studio:

  • Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction
  • Seared Scallop, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Trio of Artisan Cheese –
    La Bonne Vie Goat Cheese served with toasted Craisin Bread
    Karst Cave-aged Cheddar Cheese served with Fig Compote
    Statesboro Blue Cheese served with Spiced Candied Walnuts

Intermissions Café:

  • Southwest Chicken Wrap
  • Tuna Salad with a Croissant
  • Asian Chicken Salad with Noodles
  • Caprese Salad: BelGioioso® Fresh Mozzarella Cheese & Tomatoes with Basil Pesto
  • Side Salad
  • Fruit and Cheese Plate
  • Grapes
  • Brownie
  • Key Lime Pie

Refreshment Cool Post:

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Kimchi and Mustard Sauce

Refreshment Port:

  • Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream
  • Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream with Bacardi Coconut Rum
  • Croissant doughnut with Cinnamon and Sugar
  • Fried Chicken Chunks with Dole Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce

Dining Recon: Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma!

Hello, folks!  Are you hungry?  really hungry?  Then, a good ole’ Disney buffet is what you need!  And, Boma?  It’s the best!

You know, I find it incredibly difficult to write dining reviews for buffets.  Why?  Too much food.  Too many people!

Seriously.  I don’t feel I can do justice to the breadth of options offered by a place like Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma.

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First, there are way too many delectable options available to catch them all on “film!  Second, there are simply too many people “in the way” of taking a bunch of pictures!

As an alternative, I think the easiest thing to do is to bring you, All in WDW’s Disney dining fanatics, a small slice of … steak!  As well as a selection of other delicious morsels, of course.

Let’s dine, shall we!  We’re going to “fine dine” tonight, in fact.  I started with soup.  Let’s taste Tunisian Seafood Stew!

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Loaded with scallops and shrimp, this dish was phenomenal.  If it weren’t for the rest of the buffet, I’d have had another dish … and another!

Next?  Coconut Curry Chicken Stew.  I’d had it before.  It’s quite enjoyable, actually.  To be honest, though, I wished I had, indeed, grabbed another bowl of seafood-laden “deliciousness”.

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You have to have salad before dinner, right?  OK.  How about Lentils and Hearts of Palm Salad with Goat Cheese, Chives, and Almonds (pictured on the left)?

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No?  Well, it was tasty, but the Shrimp Cous Cous Salad (pictured at top) was outstanding!  I highly recommend it!

Wait!  What was that piece of fish that snuck onto my plate?  Hmmm.  That was a piece of Orange Almond Emulsion Crusted Salmon.  Tasty.  Definitely worth a try!

In my mind, my entrees were Boma’s Slow-roasted Pork Ribs and African Carved Strip Loin!  Oh!  And, lest I forget … liberally ladle some Boma Mustard onto the beef.  It’s excellent!

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You know what I was by this time, my friends?  Stuffed!  But, wait, Bob!  What about dessert?

Uh, Zebra Domes!  You betcha!  Two domes, a piece of Orange Almond Cheesecake (pictured top right), and Oreo Mousse (pictured top left)?  Wow!  OK.  Now, I’m really stuffed!

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Fans, I can’t recommend Boma enough.  What you’ve seen here, today, only scratches the surface.

The choices are too numerous to list.  The tastes are too good to describe.  You have to visit Boma at least once.  If you’re like us, you’ll go back again and again and again!

Photo Gallery: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort!

Good morning, my friends!  Welcome to the middle of the week!  Already?  Yes, it’s “Hump Day”, everyone!  Friday is right around the corner.  Yay!

Mrs. All in WDW and I stopped by our favorite resort yesterday.  Yes, some “quality time” was spent at Pepper Market.  Their Southwestern Omelet is delicious!

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We reached our daily 10,000 ‘steps’ with 4.0+ miles worth of laps around Lago Dorado.  What a beautiful walking trail!

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Finally, later on, we “refreshed” at our beloved Laguna Bar.  Hey!  It has been 100 degrees down here this week!  Well, it has been darn close to 100!

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Anyway, regardless of the heat, the highlight of our visit was the weather.  It might have been a warm morning and afternoon, but the skies were beautiful.  Look at the clouds!

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Coronado is simply a gorgeous resort, folks.  A Deluxe feel at a Moderate price, it really can’t be beat.  Try it!  We have three more stays planned for this year alone, and we can’t wait!

Another “Wave” of American Flavors?!

Mrs. All in WDW and I recently joined a friend for a few quick appetizers at one of the Contemporary Resort’s fine eateries – The Wave … of American Flavors!  Great food, folks!

When it comes to the Contemporary, we surely love their restaurants.  For instance, I haven’t been shy at all about naming the California Grill as one of our overall WDW favorites.  For our family, it has sentimental appeal … and a delicious menu!

I’ve written about The Wave before, as well.  Located on the resort’s first floor, for us, it is also a frequent stop.  We’ve dropped in for lunch from time to time, but, most often, we’ll take a few seats at the restaurant’s bar.

The Wave

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Billed as an ‘elegant oasis’, according to Disney, The Wave Lounge ‘promises a chic retreat for adults looking to unwind.’  Refreshing cocktails and tasty “snacks”, it’s worth a spot on your “to-do” list.  Check out their food!

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Our group started with the Buffalo Chicken Flatbread and Soft Pretzels and Dips.

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We moved on to the Vegetarian Flatbread.

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Then, we finished with the Lump Crab and Florida Rock Shrimp Cakes.

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All phenomenal, the crab cakes and Buffalo flatbread get my highest recommendations.  The cakes were crispy yet tender.  The flatbread was bursting with flavor.

My friends, Mrs. All in WDW and I are creatures of habit.  When we find a place we like, we are prone to visit time and again.  The Wave is one of those spots.  Drop in!  We guarantee that you’ll like it!

Dining Recon: Grand Floridian Cafe

On a recent trip to The World, Mrs. All in WDW asked me where we could stop for a nice, relaxing breakfast.  What she really meant was … ‘Where can we visit that we’ve never been to before?’

Well, I suggested the Grand Floridian Cafe.  She was, initially, unconvinced.  Pleasantly, after a little bit of coaxing, she bought into the “adventure”.  It’s a good thing too because we enjoyed a great light breakfast!

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They make a great Bloody Mary, but we loved their Grand Blend Press Pot Coffee!  For our meal, we both ordered a Ham and Cheese Omelet with fresh fruit.  Delicious!

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What a great, clean, elegant, relaxing spot for breakfast, folks!  We recommend that you give the Grand Floridian Resort’s cafe a shot.  We did, and we’ll be back!